Send them to China

Dear Editor, Re: First the E.U. blacklist and now the U.S. ban? What’s going on? U.S. noticed that Samoan P.M. and his government does a lot of meddling with China more than U.S. The move is an indirect way for Trump to say “send your people to China, not to the U.S.”

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Don’t confuse the two

Dear Editor, Re: Govt. responds to U.S. ban C.E.O Agafili Shem Leo seems to be confused on this issue. The Visa status here is “temporary work visa.” This is for seasonal work. If these seasonal employees complete their work, they should return immediately, or face deportation.

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About E.P.C’s attitude

Talofa Observer An opinion in regards to E.P.C’s attitude. The power was disconnected at Le Vai on Monday 23rd January 2018. The power bill was due Saturday 20th January 2018. Sunday was the following day and then the power was disconnected at 2-2.30pm.

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Can you answer these questions too?

Dear Editor, Re: You sound like your uncle P.S. Jeffrey, you still sound like your uncle hahaha. Ok I admit I should’ve stated it’s the total debt over the years, my bad. However you did say that debt is being repaid with SAT$33 million/year for 30 years, so does this mean our national debt will always stay around SAT$1 billion mark and never increase?

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Airport is the catalyst for economic growth

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway I keep seeing this argument and it is laughable. Hawaii has freeways, a massive naval base, 60 storey hotels, one million people. Samoa will never be like Hawaii unless you start seeing 60 storey hotel strip in Lalomanu. That just won’t happen.

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We all need to be involved

Dear Editor, Re: Loan fears quashed A little bemused now at the crossroad, as I note the Chinese through media reports did nothing to confirm or otherwise the claim of billions of dollars owed or to be owed by Samoa to the Chinese.

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Political disasters and facts about the Constitution of Samoa. Part III

Dear Editor, On the 10th of January 2018 at nighttime at Apollo Cinemas, the Samoa Observer and the International Press Institute (I.P.I.) came together to host the celebration of the freedom of the press and heroes of the press like Savea Sano Malifa of Samoa and other nominated journalists around the world.

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Airport is the catalyst for economic growth

Dear Editor, Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway I keep seeing this argument and it is laughable. Hawaii has freeways, a massive naval base, 60 storey hotels, one million people.

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The fate of Unasa Sapolu’s petition

Dear Editor, The Parliament of Samoa is governed by its own internal rules and procedures. The Parliament is operated under what is called “Standing Orders” or commonly known in Samoan as “Tulafono Tumau a le Palemene o Samoa”.

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They are only after the basics

Dear Editor, Re: White elephants, economy and the need for cost benefit analysis Thank you for your editorial. These poor people just want basic necessities of life; water and electricity. Is that too much to ask for from the government?

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It was like a funeral

Dear Editor, The Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards Night was more like a funeral. I’m sorry to say but that was the truth. Malo lava to all Sponsors and the Finalists. Samoa Tourism Authority, how could you try to mirror the Grammy awards when you can’t even host it well?

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Don’t waste your time P.M.

Dear Editor, Re: ‘Nepotism’ claims rejected The Hon. Prime of Samoa should never, ever, ever, ever wasted his worthwhile time on those who are spitting from behind the comfort of the velvet laced window of the casket. They are gutless, the mere sporadic faceless homo ghosts; dead as. They are cowards as and they only have allegations but not hard core evidence.

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It could save a life

Dear Editor, Re: Hoax calls All parents: Tell your children that a false emergency call may delay a genuine emergency call - which could result in a death of an injured person if the ambulance is delayed. Police should react to every false call with a fine or severe warning.

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Fix the prison

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. wants fitter prison guards You surprise me P.M., how about fixing up the prison to make it harder for these criminals to escape! Processes should be put in place for staff to manage the whereabouts of each and every single prisoner at all times, isn’t this just basic protocol that staff should already know and do?

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Did they violate the Constitution?

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. scoffs at call for consultation Did our government over-ride the Constitution to push through the re-introduction of the Criminal Libel Law? When I first read about the Criminal Libel Law passed by Parliament in all 3 readings, I was like wow and all this in less than an hour. So I was starting to wonder how the H.R.P.P. government by-pass or over-ride the Constitution to achieve this.

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This is not right

Dear Editor, Re: P.M. stands by S.T.E.C. Why does the P.M. mislead our people? How can he say Samoa Trust Estates Corporation is not a government entity when it is clearly listed on the Ministry of Public Enterprise website as 1 of 17 government Public Trading Bodies monitored by M.P.E?

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Out with the old in with the new

Dear Editor, Re: What needs to be done to improve Samoa? My prediction remains that this is the P.M.’s last term mainly due to illness and what God has in store for him. I am hoping that the new generation of Samoans have quietly prepared themselves to raise the standards of Samoa high up to international level.

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What needs to happen

Re: Samoa’s $140m international gateway How many years or generations before we get a return in investment? If 3 planes still arrive a day at Faleolo Airport for the next 5 years then this new face-lift construction was a massive loss making operation.

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Concentrate on what matters

Dear Editor, Re: Bad start for Parker camp I think they should have clarified their roles and stuck to what they were suppose to do. (1) Kevin Barry - the Trainer, Fight Analyser and Fight strategist. Kevin’s goal is for Joseph Parker to Win the Fight.

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Parker needs all our support

Dear Editor, I write in reference to your editorial “Bad start for Team Parker, they need to do better.” I’m with you Mata’afa with your views and concerns on Parker’s Team in their first press conference. This is the normal preparations and formalities in world championship and title fights where the fighters and their teams meet, look at each other seriously in the eyes then either shake hands or push off your opponent as an act of who’s the winner in the eyes of the people who are there.

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Health merger: A brave move or an epic fail?

There are two ways one can interpret the latest developments at the public Health sector detailed in a story titled “Govt. Health vision” on the front page of the Samoa Observer on Monday. The first pair of lens can see that the government is learning as they go along and that the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) reflects a government that is not afraid to make tough decisions when it has to. That’s the good news.

Street Talk

Ioane Isa’ako, 72

Your thoughts on China’s aid

According to the Lowy Institute, China has provided A$1.8 billion in aid and loans for the South Pacific nations between 2006 and 2016.The main recipients were Papua New Guinea, which received A$632 million, Fiji (A$360 million), Vanuatu (A$244 million) and Samoa (A$230 million). Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa. She accused the Chinese of building “roads to nowhere” and constructing “useless buildings” which will only leave Pacific countries with debts they cannot pay. What do you think of China’s aid to Samoa? We asked members of the public in today’s Street Talk and this is what they said:

Think a Minute

Resolve or dissolve (Part 1)

Think a minute…”If you win all your arguments, you’ll probably lose all your friends.” Just imagine if we cut off our relationship with every person who disagreed with us, we would have almost no friends or family left! If we are around someone long enough, we will eventually disagree with them about something.


The woman and her bones

Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.

Between the Lines


LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

Sunday Reading

PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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